AC Milan are prepared to offer French centre back Philippe Mexes to Arsenal as part of a deal for wantaway striker Nicklas Bendtner.
The Danish forward is disillusioned with life at the Emirates, and manager Arsene Wenger has already told fans that the striker, who spent a successful season out on loan at Sunderland last year, will be leaving the club.
Milan engaged their interest in Bendtner last week, and The Daily Mail report that 30-year-old Mexes could be offered in a straight swap the deal. Mexes only arrived at Milan last summer, after leaving AS Roma on a free transfer and is reportedly one of the club’s highest earners, which could prove to be a stumbling block should Arsenal wish to bring the player to north London.
Despite his eagerness to leave the Gunners before the transfer window closes, Bendtner is adamant to wait for the right move, having already reportedly turned down a number of chances to leave the club. The striker has outlined a number of conditions that must be met by any club that wish to secure his services, which include the opportunity play regularly for a Champions League side and to be able to travel to London to visit his son.
"Secondly I need to be happy. A lot of people think that it is all about the money, but money does not matter if you are not happy,” Bendtner said, Sky Sports report.
"I have been in a situation before where I made a lot of money without being happy. I need to be happy when I come in which is universal for everyone.
"You need to be excited to come in to work."